The practice of dentistry has become very specialized, with specialists practicing as endodontists, oral maxillo facial surgeons, orthodontists, paediatric dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and specialised dental pathologists and radiologists.
Claims may arise as a result of negligent routine dental work. The most common form of dental negligence arises when general dentists perform more complex treatment (such as the placement of implants, cosmetic work, restorative work, and the treatment of periodontal disease) that should have been referred to a specialist dentist.
A large range of problems can result. These include:
- Improper positioning of implants in a socket
- Failure of implants to fuse with the bone or infection of the implanted area
- Gum infection
- Gum burning or over-bleaching of teeth during whitening procedures
- Nerve damage
- Problems with fillings
- Failure to treat periodontal disease